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The night and morning before surgery

Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery.

Do not eat, drink, chew gum or smoke after midnight the night before surgery, or the surgery will be canceled.

Do not shave the surgery site.

Take your regular medicines (heart, blood pressure, diabetes or pain medicine) as directed by your doctor with a small sip of water. Your doctor will tell you if he or she doesn't want you to take any or all of your regular medicines. Do not drink or eat anything else unless your doctor tells you to.

Follow any specific instructions given by your doctor. (For instance, cleansing your skin with a special soap.)

Bring a list of your medicines with you to the hospital. Include prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins and herbals. Include the name of the medicine, how much you take, and the last time you took the medicine.

Please leave money, credit cards and other valuables at home.

If you wear glasses, contact lenses, dentures or hearing aids, bring containers for them during surgery.

Remove all jewelry (including rings) and body piercings. Please leave the items at home or with a family member at the hospital.

Do not wear make-up, deodorant, perfume, cologne or aftershave.

Wear loose-fitting, comfortable clothing.

Bring any forms given to you by your doctor. If your surgery requires a physical exam, please bring these completed forms with you.

Bring your insurance card.

Bring your health care directive.

Bring personal care items such as deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, slippers and comb if you are staying at the hospital.

Bring any special medicines (including eyedrops and inhaler) or equipment (such as CPAP machine, crutches, cane or splint).

Bring books or magazines.

Please arrive at the hospital as directed before your surgery. It is common to be told to arrive two hours before your scheduled surgery time. If you have trouble walking or moving, allow extra time.


 

Source: Allina Health's Patient Education Department, Surgery: What You Need to Know, surg-ahc-21686

First published: 01/15/2011
Last updated: 01/15/2011

Reviewed by: Allina Health's Patient Education Department experts